# Tagged Questions

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### Geodesics in finite groups

It seems that I can generalize a result from compact, connected Lie groups to finite groups, but in order to do so, I need to have some kind of geodesics on finite groups.
Below is a proposition for ...

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### Absolute irreducibility of a symmetric square?

This is a question I received today by email, which somebody more experienced with finite group representations can probably answer directly. Take $F:=\mathbb{F}_q$ for some prime power $q$, so ...

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### Where can I find the classification of groups of order 16p? [closed]

I need to classify the groups of order $16p$ by their generators and relations between the generators. Can I find this classification anywhere?

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### Union of conjugates of a subgroup

Let $G$ be a finite group, $H \leq G$ a proper subgroup. It is well known that the union of the conjugates of $H$ does not cover $G$. I would like to know of more precise results (even in special ...

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### Finite groups factorized into two simple alternating groups

My research is somehow related to the following question :
Describe and classify all finite groups $G$ such that $G=HK$ with $H \cap K=1$, where $H \cong A_m$ and $K \cong A_n$ for some integers $m, ...

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### “A locally dual polar space for the Monster”

I am currently looking at Ronan and Stroth's 1984 paper Minimal Parabolic Geometries for the Sporadic Groups. When considering the $3$-minimal parabolic system of $F_{1}$, they cite a preprint by ...

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### Properties to have matrices that commute in $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$

Let $G$ be a finite subgroup of $\mathrm{GL}_n(\mathbb C)$, $A,B \in G$ whose eigenvalues are thus in the unit circle.
Assume that the eigenvalues of $A$ are included in a circle arc of ...

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### Reference requested: Random walk on groups

I am looking for a good reference to learn about random walks on groups (either finite groups or Lie groups). Ideally, I would like a reference for general theory of random walks on groups that is ...

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### To whom is the internal characterization of $Q$-groups due?

A group is said to be a $Q$-group if the character of any complex representation is rational valued. A well-known internal characterization of $Q$-groups is the following:
$G$ is a $Q$-group if ...

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### Doubly primitive groups with simple socle

The classification of doubly transitive groups with simple socle is
known. A good account of such classification can be found for example
in this paper:
Cameron, Peter J. Finite permutation groups ...

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### Reference for the triple covering of A_6

I would like to ask for a reference (book, paper ...) for the following nice construction, which I have found as an exercise in some notes of a course by R. Borcherds. For $n=6$ or $7$ (and only in ...

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### Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups
$$
C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\}
$$
and the coboundary map
$$
\delta : C^k \to C^{k+1}
$$
$$
(\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...

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### Automorphism group of a finite group

I would like to ask if there exists an explicit description of $\mathrm{Aut}(G)$, the group of automorphisms of a finite group $G$, in particular, when $G$ is abelian. E.g., if $G = ...

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### Reference for embeddings of reflection groups (related to folding ADE Coxeter graphs?

There are a couple of indirect methods, using Lie theory or Springer's general theory of regular elements in (real, complex) reflection groups, to construct natural embeddings among certain Weyl ...

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### Subgroup structure of orthogonal groups of small dimension over finite fields

How much is known about the subgroup structure of the orthogonal groups (of dimension n<=7, say) over finite fields? Can anyone point me in the direction of a good reference? I'm aware of a book by ...

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### On Groups of Maximal Class: Reference

I will be happy if one gives references (oncluding current research) for `classification' (structure) of $p$-groups of maximal class which contain abelian maximal subgroup (i.e. abelian subgroup of ...

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### Groups with special automorphism group

I am looking for all finite groups $G$ such that for each subgroup $H$ of $G$ and each automorphism $\sigma$ of $H$ there exists an automorphism $\psi$ of $G$ whose restriction to $H$ is $\sigma$. Is ...

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### Good effective versions of theorems of Artin and Brauer

The theorem of Artin and Brauer of the title are the famous theorem in the theory of representation of finite groups.
For example, Artin's theorem is the statement that for every character $\chi$ of ...

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### A catalog of faithful representations of finite groups?

I want a reference that catalogs the smallest-dimensional faithful representation of every noteworthy finite group. Specifically, I want representations on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $\mathbb{C}^n$.
Where ...

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### Relationship between the number of Sylow subgroups with element orders in finite group

In a finite group what is relationship between the number of Sylow $p$-subgroups with the number of elements of order a multiple of $p$?
Is there any reference for my question?

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### Finite Unipotent Groups: References

It will be a great pleasure for me if one can suggest "Survey Articles" on following topics related to the finite unipotent group $U(n,\mathbb{F}_q)$. (Thanks in advance!!!)
1) The number of ...

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### Measures of non-abelian-ness

Let $G$ be a finite non-abelian group of $n$ elements.
I would like a measure that intuitively captures the
extent to which $G$ is non-commutative.
One easy measure is a count of the non-commutative ...

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### Decomposition of $\mathrm{End}(V)$ as $S_n\times S_n$-module

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional, complex vector space and set $\newcommand{\Gl}{\mathrm{Gl}}G:=\Gl(V)\times\Gl(V)$. Let $E:=\mathrm{End}(V)$ and consider its coordinate ring $\mathbb C[E]$, the space ...

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### What is known about 2-modular representations of Ree groups of type $F_4$?

A too-vaguely worded question posted today about Suzuki and Ree groups reminds me to revisit a concern I never followed up years ago when assembling information about modular representations of finite ...

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### sylow subgroups of GL(n,q)

Dear all
I am interested to know about the r-sylow subgroups of GL(n,q), is there any work about the structure of this subgroups?

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### On divisors occurring as subgroup sizes

Given a finite group $G$ define $D(G)$ to be the number of divisors $r$ of $|G|$ for which there exists a subgroup of $G$ of order $r$.
Clearly $D(G) \leq d(|G|)$, where $d(n)$ denotes the number of ...

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### How do I determine the smallest dimension of an irreducible $\mathbb{F}_p[G]$-module with a prescribed trivial fixed point space?

This is a crosspost from MSE since I haven't found an answer there yet.
I am not very familiar with modular representation theory or Brauer theory yet, however lately I have needed to use ...

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### Character theory of $2$-Frobenius groups.

This is a crosspost of my (slightly longer) question on MSE since I'm not getting any responses there.
Definition. Let $G$ be a finite group and $F_1=\text{Fit}\,G$ and ...

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### Linear algebra of finite abelian groups

If $f: V \to W$ is a surjective homomorphism of vector spaces, and we have fixed a basis for $V$, it is always possible to find a basis for $W$ such that the matrix associated to $\phi$ in the two ...

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### Realizable Order Sequences for Finite Groups

My post is motivated at least in part by this MO question.
Has there been any work done on realizable order sequences for finite groups? By an "order sequence" I mean a non-decreasing list of the ...

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### Reference request

I am looking for a reference or proof for the following problem:
Problem: Let $r$ be prime, then $2r$ is a Sylow $p$-number if and only if $2r=1+p^{2^n}$.
Thanks in advance.

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### What is a “non-splitting covering” of a finite group?

Apologies if this is elementary, but I have never heard the terminology before:
What is a "non-splitting covering" of a finite group?
I encountered the term while reading this paper, in which ...

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### Maximal number of maximal subgroups

Let $G$ be a finite group. I want to find an upper bound on the number of the maximal subgroups. My questions is does it possible to prove that the number of maximal subgroups of any finite group $G$ ...

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### Convenient reference for subgroups of a finite semidirect product?

Given a finite group $G= H \ltimes N$ (with no particular constraints on $H, N$), it's probably been known for a long time how to describe efficiently the possible subgroups of $G$. A graduate ...

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### Textbook source for finite group properties deducible from character table?

Various questions have been posted on MO (some answered, some not) involving the character table of a finite group $G$ over a splitting field such as $\mathbb{C}$ of characteristic 0. My basic ...

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### Algorithm for Brauer lifting via Brauer tree?

Background: Given a finite group $G$ and a prime $p$ dividing its order, Brauer theory compares the ordinary characters of $G$ with the Brauer characters arising from $p$-modular representations. On ...

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### Doubly covering an even lattice

I have read that there is a way to construct a group which is a double cover of an even lattice. The very tantalizing thing about this is that if the even lattice is chosen to be the Leech lattice, ...

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### Reference for restriction of a simple module over a splitting field to a smaller field?

This is mainly a request for a straightforward reference (preferably at textbook level). The question comes up while responding to a question raised by non-specialists in finite group ...

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### What is the name for a finite-group representation that is the sum of all the irreducibles (once)?

I vaguely remember seeing a paper studying the concept of a totally multiplicity-one representation of a finite group, which concept, I recall, had a particular name, which I forget. What is this ...

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### Reference for representation theory of SL_2(Z/n)

There are many references for the representation theory (say over $\mathbf C$) of $SL_2(\mathbf{F}_q)$ and $GL_2(\mathbf{F}_q)$, for instance lecture 5 in Fulton--Harris "Representation theory" and ...

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### abelian centralizers in almost simple groups

Hallo!
I'm looking for a reference. I'm sure that the information I need is already in the literature but I'm having some trouble to find it. Here is the question.
Let $S$ be a non-abelian finite ...

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### Which small finite simple groups are not yet known to be Galois groups over Q?

The subject line pretty much says it all. To expand just a little bit:
1) What is the smallest simple group that is not yet known to occur as a Galois group over $\mathbb{Q}$? (Variants: not known ...

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### Radical of $F_p[SL(2,p)]$

Let $G=SL(2,p)$. Does anyone know what is the radical of the group algebra $F_p[G]$?
Does there exists any book/paper where it is calculated?
By radical here I mean maximal ideal I of $F_p[G]$ such ...

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### The maximal order of an element in orthogonal groups over finite fields of characteristic 2

Let $q$ be a power of $2$ and let $(V,Q)$ be a
quadratic space of dimension $2m$ over $\mathbb{F}_q$. Up to isometry, we know that we have exactly two classes of such quadratic spaces: the plus type ...

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### Unpublished Higman manuscript

In his paper 'Natural constructions of the Mathieu groups,' Curtis references an unpublished manuscript of G. Higman with a "significant constuction which makes use of the outer automorphism of $S_6$ ...

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### Is there a Mathieu groupoid M_31?

I have read something which said that the large amount of common structure between the simple groups $SL(3,3)$ and $M_{11}$ indicated to Conway the possibility that the Mathieu groupoid $M_{13}$ might ...

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### Orders of automorphism groups of p-groups

There is a theorem that says that if $p$ is a prime and $G$ is a $p$-group with $|G| = p^{n}$, $|Aut(G)|$ divides $\Pi_{k=0}^{n-1} (p^{n}-p^{k})$.
This theorem is sharp, since $\Pi_{k=0}^{n-1} ...

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### Character free proof that Frobenius kernel is a normal subgroup?

The question is in the title, but here is some background/reminders:
A subgroup $H\neq\{1\}$ of a finite group $G$ is called a Frobenius complement if $H\cap H^g = \{1\}$ for all $g\in G\backslash ...

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### Group not leaving subset invariant

Let $Y,X$ be two sets of size n,m. Let $Y\subset X$.
What is the maximal group(in size) $G< Sym(X)$ such that gY=Y imply that $g=1$?
Here I mean that the only permutation which permutes elements of ...

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### Efficient presentations for finite groups

A finitely presented group which has more generators than relations has an infinite abelianization and so is an infinite group. Therefore, for a finite group, all presentations must have at least as ...